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Experienced Turner seeking prizes in first full term back in ‘hockey town’ of Romford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 September 2018

Grant Taylor and Matt Turner face off

Grant Taylor and Matt Turner face off

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Everyone Active Raiders leading British goal scorer Matt Turner is delighted to be back in the ‘hockey town’ of Romford for the club’s first full season at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre.

The 29-year-old, who scored 33 points in 46 games for the club last season and now has 109 goals and 157 assists in his Raiders career, is confident they can turn their new home into a fortress this season.

After starting last term in Lee Valley before making the move to the new rink, Turner feels it will be good to start the season in Romford.

“It feels great to be starting a full season back in Romford,” the 2009/10 Raider of the Year said.

“Romford, in my eyes, has always been a hockey town and I think seeing how packed out Sapphire has been since our return it has proved that.

“Being in the team to play the last game out of Rom Valley Way and also getting to play the first game in the Sapphire felt very special and I’m sure now that we have well and truly settled here, we can have a successful season and turn the place into a fortress.”

The Romford-born forward revealed the team have set the bar high and knows they’re capable of winning some silverware in the National League Division One South this campaign.

“Our target is to win some silverware this season and I believe with the squad we have we’re capable of achieving this goal,” he added.

“We have a young, fast and talented squad, so there is no reason why we can’t be battling at the top of the table and pushing for the Coventry finals weekend.”

Turner also admitted making it to Coventry was a personal target as it is one he hasn’t ticked off during an impressive career full of winners’ medals.

“Finals weekend would be a personal target as it’s still on my to-do list,” Turner said.

“With hard work and the loud and proud fans behind us, I believe we can make it to that weekend.”

Turner also hopes he can bring experience to the side and is keen to help the youngsters in the team improve, adding: “As a senior member my role is to bring experience to the team.

“I like to to think I can help the younger guys out, give them a bit of guidance and help build their confidence. At the same time the talent some of these younger guys have, they’re teaching me a few things too so it’s a good balance.”

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